A 5-0 away win is always something worth shouting from the roof tops, no matter the opposition.
When you bear in mind, Arsenal were facing cup kings Southampton, who have already made it through to the EFL Cup final, that makes the achievement all the more impressive.
However, many predicted an Arsenal victory, especially now that Southampton have a cup final to look forward to. In the majority of cases, once a team has a big occasion like that to look forward to, everything else goes on the back burner: tackles are less committed as players try desperately to stay injury free.
Nevertheless, few would have predicted a victory by such an emphatic margin, so no one can take the gloss off Arsenal’s win.
It was ‘the curse of the ex’ for the Southampton, as Theo Walcott bagged a hat trick against his old club (to register his fifth in total for Arsenal) . Alex Oxlade Chamberlain put in a good shift too against his former employers as Arsenal showed how lethal they can be in front of goal.
You’ve got to love Danny Welbeck, who always bounces back from injury as if he’d never been out. This time he managed a first-half brace to put Arsenal on their way. The England international has got fit at just the right time to make Arsenal real title contenders. When you add Theo Walcott to the equation, the Gunners’ firepower is frightening. Perhaps no Premier League club has such an embarrassment of riches.
Arsene Wenger now has difficult decisions to make, as he needs to decide who are his top strikers. No wonder he won’t be busy in the transfer market while the winter window is open!